It has been a week since Karen Klein, the 68-year-old upstate New York school bus monitor, endured more than 10 minutes of disturbing, disgusting, and ruthless verbal abuse.
I am outraged every time I hear the four 7th graders’ repulsive and sickening taunts. The redeeming consequence is that the video that captured this brutal and horrific experience instantly went viral on the Internet!
The media frenzy that followed has resulted in countless family, school, and national conversations about bullying. What a meaningful and significant event in the ongoing process of heightening bullying awareness!
How have you turned Karen Klein's 10 minutes of abuse into “10 teachable moments” with your children? What did you say? How did they react? Did your kids comment on how they would have handled that situation on the bus?
About the blogger: Judy S. Freedman is a licensed clinical social worker and bullying prevention specialist. She recently spoke at the National PTA Convention in San Jose, California.
Learn more about Judy and her book 'Easing the Teasing: Helping Your Child Cope with Name-Calling, Ridicule, and Verbal Bullying' at www.easingtheteasing.com